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Village Chat: 05/15/2013

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Jean Wong (left) and Kay Mehl Miller.
Local writers Kay Mehl Miller (Oakmont) and Jean Wong (Kenwood) are two of the seven winners of the Redwood Writers Club's Ten-Minute Play Contest. Jean is a humorist, and her play Hot Water is based on an incident of accidentally starting a fire in a hotel room in Russia. Kay has published two nonfiction books and is currently working on a novel, an Internet love story for seniors. Her play Intervention is a puzzler. Has the young man drinking and sobbing in a city park actually killed his wife, and, if so, why is she there with him? All seven plays will be performed in the 6th Street Playhouse Second Annual Ten-Minute Play Festival, June 27 through 30.

A new radio show debuted on KSVY FM 91.3 on May 3 - Sustainable Growing with Quarter Acre Farm - and the first guests interviewed were none other than Alissa Pearce, Garden Coordinator at Dunbar School, and Shannon Lee of Two Moon Family Farm in Glen Ellen. They discussed small farms, science education and school gardens. You can find out more and listen to the show at

The Farmer's Wife, a.k.a. Kendra Kolling has done it again. Her homemade chorizo, cheddar and egg sandwich won the People's Choice Award at the Battle of the Brews 'Wich Hunt on March 31. Last year Kendra won Best in Show, even though she was up against some serious culinary heavyweights. The same was true this year, with competition from Monti's, Healdsburg Bar and Grill, John Ash and Co., and 17 others. Kendra credits her win to her stellar ingredients: Harley Richter pork chorizo, Tully Dolci Farm organic eggs, avocado and Tres Quesos. She used both organic sourdough and Grindstone Balery Gluten Free bread. Clearly The Farmer's Wife is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to a grilled cheese sandwich. Congratulations, Kendra!

Eight members of the Kiwanis Club of Oakmont participated in Comcast Care Day, a civic service day at Cook Middle School in Santa Rosa on April 27. Approximately 180 people took part in clearing and cleaning up the school grounds. The focus was on some 6,000 square feet of deteriorated space directly in front of the school building. Comcast provided all the materials and tools, and the volunteers put in 90 plants, spread wood chips everywhere, and installed 130 feet of low rail fencing. According to Wendell Freeman, “It was a real bee-hive of activity!” They started at 8 a.m. and were finished by noon, at which time lunch was served and the tired but satisfied Kiwanians went home. Thanks to Comcast officials and Principal Patty Turner for organizing this event.

That reminds me…last time I mentioned all the people who helped clean up at Kenwood School (also on April 27) but I got one name wrong. It was Doug Stoecker who manned the tractor, not John. I must've been confused because the tractor belonged to John LemMon.

Wine Country Youth Baseball kids enjoy Little League Day at the Oakland Coliseum on April 28.

A big group of 65 Wine Country Youth Baseball players, coaches, and parents went to the Oakland Coliseum for Little League Day on April 28. Thanks to WCYB head honcho Ted Davidson for organizing the trip. The teams participated in the on-field parade, always a thrill for both kids and coaches. And they took pictures with the Press, which we always appreciate. [See page 27.] Thanks, guys!

So long to our old friend Hank McLain, who has moved to Nevada City. Good luck, Hank, and stop by the office next time you're in town. We'll miss you.

We'll also miss our son, Gus Peters, who worked here at the Press until last week when he bought a plane ticket and went off to St. Petersburg, Russia. Gus' profile of Steve Brumme is on page one of this issue. Gus wanted to get to Russia in time to play for the St. Petersburg White Knights, one of two lacrosse teams in the entire country. They played the Moscow Rebels on May 11 for the “National Championship” and won 14 to 9. Gus played with the White Knights when he studied there in college. Both teams are a mixture of ex-pat Americans, some of whom played lacrosse in college, and Russian college students and twenty-somethings who picked up the game from them. Since he bought a one-way ticket, we don't know when he'll return, but let's hope he gets a job while he's there!

That's it for now. Please send in your news and photos for Village Chat, with or without the KP. And if you are graduating from high school or college, be sure to send that information, too. We'll run all the high school news in the June 15 issue, and the rest as it comes in, so please tell us what you're up to and where you're headed, whether it's college, graduate school, work, travel, the military, or something entirely different. It's easy to do. Just email or call 833-5155 and chat me up! - AQP


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